In speech, Romney promises to revitalize economy

Mitt Romney is promising to revitalize the nation's economy with "bold ideas" and a senior aide said the Republican presidential candidate would not cut ties with an Indiana Senate candidate who said pregnancy resulting from rape is "something God intended."
Associated Press
Oct 26, 2012


As President Barack Obama took a break from the campaign trail, Romney delivered what his campaign billed as a major economic address in swing state Iowa on Friday to help win the dwindling number of voters yet to make up their minds. While the speech did not break new ground, it was designed to help crystalize the differences between his and Obama's economic approaches less than two weeks before Election Day.

"If Paul Ryan and I are elected as your president and vice president, we will endeavor with all our hearts and energy to restore America," Romney said. "Instead of more spending, more borrowing from China and higher taxes from Washington, we'll renew our faith in the power of free people pursuing their dreams."

Minutes before the speech, senior strategist Eric Fehrnstrom said Romney would not call on Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock to remove TV ads featuring Romney's endorsement. Fehrnstrom said Romney disagrees with the Indiana Republican's recent comment about rape, but would not interfere with Mourdock's advertising.

"That's his decision," Fehrnstrom said when asked whether the campaign wants Mourdock to remove the ads. He added that Romney feels he has addressed the matter and doesn't plan to discuss it further.

Romney has not spoken about Mourdock's comments directly, despite repeated questions from reporters about it in recent days.

The candidate was focused on the economy as he addressed several hundred supporters on a cold autumn day outside a local construction company.

Romney argued that Obama has no proposals that can meet "the challenges of the times." He dismissed the president's signature legislative achievement, a health care law, as "his vaunted Obamacare" and said he would instead focus on saving Medicare and Social Security.

He repeated many of his standard campaign themes: that Obama is focusing on small issues like "characters on Sesame Street and silly word games" and that Romney will improve kitchen-table concerns like health care, job creation and school choice. His signature refrain is that America can't afford another four years like the last four years.

The speech came hours after the government reported a slight pickup in economic growth in the final such report before the Nov. 6 election.

The pickup to 2 percent from July to September from the 1.3 percent in the second quarter may help Obama's message that the economy is improving. Still, growth remains too weak to rapidly boost hiring. And the 1.74 percent rate for 2012 trails last year's 1.8 percent growth. Romney called the news "discouraging."

"Slow economic growth means slow job growth and declining take-home pay," Romney said in a statement. "This is what four years of President Obama's policies have produced."

The White House had a more positive take on the news in a blog post by Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. "While we have more work to do, together with other economic indicators, this report provides further evidence that the economy is moving in the right direction," he wrote. Obama got better news from a survey out of the University of Michigan showing consumer confidence rising to its highest level in five years.

An Associated Press-GfK poll out this week shows Romney overtaking Obama as the candidate that likely voters trust more to handle the economy. The poll found 51 percent of those voters surveyed Oct. 19-23 picking Romney, compared to 44 percent for Obama. The two candidates were tied among likely voters on that issue in the previous poll in mid-September.

Still, the two are locked in a dead heat in the nationwide poll. Other surveys show a tight race in the swing states that will decide the election, with the winning candidate needing 270 Electoral College votes. With Hurricane Sandy threatening the East Coast during the final full week of the campaign, Romney canceled a rally in Virginia scheduled for Sunday. Obama aides said they were watching the storm's path before deciding whether to call off any of his events.

Obama was pushing back on Romney's criticism on another front — relations with Israel, which could have an impact particularly with Jewish voters in swing state Florida. The Republican has repeatedly criticized Obama for not traveling to Israel as president. Obama visited as a candidate in 2008.

A new ad shows images of Obama's trip and video of his pledge during his final debate with Romney that Iran will not get a nuclear weapon while he's president and that "our bond with Israel will be unbreakable."

Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg responded that Obama's Middle East policy "has been a failure."

"As president, Mitt Romney's first overseas trip will be to Jerusalem, and under a Romney Administration, the world will never question America's solidarity with Israel," she said in a statement.

Romney was expanding his TV advertising into Minnesota, where President Richard Nixon was the last Republican to carry the state 40 years ago. The investment is described as a small buy that Democrats suggest is simply intended to generate media coverage and force the incumbent campaign to spend money there as well. And Obama's campaign followed suit, going up with what it described as a small buy meant to reach voters in neighboring Wisconsin.

Romney's running mate Paul Ryan also spent time in states not expected to affect the race's outcome, with fundraisers in South Carolina and Alabama. Ryan was scheduled to join Romney for a rally Friday evening in North Canton, Ohio, before the vice presidential candidate embarks on a two-day, 400-mile bus tour of the state.

At a midday luncheon in Huntsville, Ala., that raised more than $1 million for Romney's campaign, Ryan told donors they were helping pay for television ads in battleground states and staff to get voters to their polling locations. "Historically, Republicans have not been as good at that," Ryan said. "We're getting a lot better."

Vice President Joe Biden, campaigning Friday in Wisconsin, said Romney "meant what he said" when he was caught on tape saying that 47 percent of the nation considers themselves victims.

"Romney talks about victims. I don't know where the hell he lives," Biden told about 1,000 people at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. "I don't recognize the country he's talking about." The Obama campaign has a radio ad playing heavily in Wisconsin keying off of Romney's 47 percent line and using it to question the Republican's priorities. Both Romney and Ryan plan to campaign in Wisconsin early next week.

Obama arrived back in Washington late Thursday following a 40-hour battleground state blitz of eight states. He took a one-day break from the campaign trail Friday, spending much of the day at the White House, with a trip to Democratic Party headquarters to film a live appearance on MTV. Turning out young voters who tend to vote Democratic is a key strategy for the Obama campaign. He was scheduled to campaign in New Hampshire on Saturday.

The president also planned Oval Office interviews Friday with American Urban Radio Networks, which has a largely black audience, and Michael Smerconish, the conservative-leaning radio host who backed him in the 2008 election.

Obama also planned to talk to local television stations in swing states. And the campaign announced Friday that the president will travel next week to Colorado, Wisconsin and Ohio for a series of campaign rallies and events.



John Harville

Ah, it's been fun. Bye Sarah! A parting gift.
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The Big Dog's back

John Harville 5 contango 0.


@ brutus:

So what's the "official" WH story on the "act of terror" at Benghazi today?


LOL changed subject again


@ brutus:

Don't bother. Here's today's "official" story.

Pres. Obama:

“But I do take offense with some suggestion that in any way, we haven’t tried to make sure that the American people knew as the information was coming in what we believed.”

So go on the offensive when your credibility is questioned?

Nice evasive tactic.

So why after seven weeks has the story not changed?


Just wondering why the leftists on this blog are so desirous of a tax increase!! Why don't they just donate more money to the treasury and leave us who believe that we pay way more than we should alone

the office cat

Goofus. When you start paying for what you use, we'll stop asking you to pay for what you use. Why do all the rightists on here think that somehow government operates without revenue? You don't like where some of it goes? Niether do I. But I believe in the American Federalist form of government established by the Constitution that gets its power - at all levels - from the people and is based on varying levels of government sharing responsibilities to provide for the 'bosses' aka The People.
Now there are some things I will never use but I don't mind paying the taxes for those because others are paying taxes for things I use and they don't. So until you run for office or in some other MEANINGFUL way make an effort to be part of the solution, you're just part of the hot air problem.

Darwin's choice

So, you don't mind paying for the 15 million illegals in the country, how big of you!


Any and all comments that start with "so you" appear to me to be "trolling".


I don't think so, trolling is the specialty of office cat, for we all know the huge waste of money on a daily basis this monstrosity of Obozo's government wastes. Between illegals to cell phones, this government spending has to be reigned in and it started when bush reached across the aisle and worked with the swimmer Kennedy on no child left with a brain.


Finally, you guys are starting to get it - it all started with Bush. I have been waiting for this.


@ sanduskysteve:

Yea, one of my complaints about Pres. Bush was that he even trusted the last don of the Kennedy crime family.


Bush’s FEMA Director Insists Obama Could Have Benefited Politically By Delaying Hurricane Response


I'm curious how that is possible - he is getting good points for getting out there in a hurry actually. Of course, a republican giving advise on how to win points to a democrat somehow doesn't seem logical to me. Gov Christie actually said he didn't care of Romney showed up or not to look at the damage - THAT is something notable at this point in time. And then with Romney going to kill off FEMA, he doesn't stand a chance and now those who were for him are seeing the real issues here with taking too many agencies out of the federal government and starting to see the error in their thinking. Obama is still going to win this election - even if it is ONLY by the electoral college. Which means, republicans will finally be willing to talk about eliminating it.


@ sanduskysteve:

Funny that NYC Mayor Bloomberg nicely told Mr. Obama to stay away for his campaign photo ops. :)

Like a responsible gov., Gov. Christie's working for his citizens, 'regardless' of who is POTUS.

The Repubs tend to be Federalists. Talk of eliminating the Electoral College is absurd.


Well, you MIGHT be right - but I will tell you - it will be soo fast in a bill in congress that you're head will spin if Romney wins the popular vote and looses the electoral vote. I can about guarantee, at that point, the republicans will do whatever they can do eliminate that college.



Conspiracy nut job ranting - the '04 election was over.

Ever been to Nor'leans?

Most the population that left, never went back - oughta tell ya sumpthin'.


Mr. Contango: I try to be a gentleman in my comments and don't appreciate being called a nut job.
Yes, I have been to New Orleans. What has that to do with anything?



I wrote that the "ranting" was of a "conspiracy nut job" nature. NOT that you were such. But if the shoe fits...

To suggest that Pres. Bush delayed any help and/or recovery efforts for political gain is conspiratorial nut job talk.

Try N'Orleans in the hot humid summer - it stinks. Many went to Baton Rouge or Houston and never returned.

Decent people are gettin' outa Houston thanks to the influx of the low-lifes from N'Orleans. Crime rate in Baton Rouge skyrocketed.

Now all the liberal paradise of Detroit needs to do is figure out how to manufacture a hurricane.


Have you seen this? I wonder who made this video. Our politicians have been selling us out for a long time. Thanks for letting me rant.

I thought the interesting part was about 2 minutes from the end about how much the Romney backers made on the deal.



Watched about 1 min., life's too short.

GM in China? Nothin' new. Buick has been the top selling make of car in China for yrs.

I've got no problem with multi-national cos. gettin' closer to their customers.

Foreign cos. here in the U.S. employ thousands of Americans.

And union pension trusts invest billions with private equity firms like Bain. So what?


The nice thing about youtube is you can click on the progress bar anywhere.



The good thing about YouTube is that there's lots of mindless crap on there.

I mostly use it for music for YouTube to MP3 conversion.

As I wrote, GM in China is nuthin' new - doesn't interest me.

Doctor Sun Yat-sen owned Buicks; that's why they're popular.


More etch-a-sketch? The repubs on here are continuously posting links to youtube sites to prove their points - but now all that is there is mindless crap???


Steve, I've always said to not work with the democrats because you will get hurt. The elitist democrats always believe that it is their destiny to rule, with their's being the only true cause. How appropos is it that we are debating on the night that people redistribute their candy errr wealth!!!!!


Steve, Bush had some good points but none when he worked with democrats


Woohoo! The Oct. 31 independent Quinnipiac poll has Obama up 50% to 45% in Ohio. The Prez is also up in Wisconsin and Virginia.

In a related story, Romney's latest campaign ad, in which he pushes a blatant lie about Jeep moving jobs to China, was given a "Pants on Fire" rating (100% false) by the independent fact-checker Politifact. The vultures are beginning to circle...


Did any 1 hear Romney's definative statement of a good job?... ($$ amount, medical,etc.)


Just saw a new Romney ad in which he proclaims himself to be “better for autoworkers than Obama”. The ad repeats the completely false claim that Jeep will move American jobs to China.

Romney is hoping that we will forget his 2008 full-page editorial in which he said “we should let American auto manufacturers fail”, with millions of American jobs instantly vanishing as a result. He is hoping that we’ll forget that the state of Massachusetts ranked 47th in job creation while he was governor. He’s hoping that America won’t notice that his own home state (Michigan) and adopted state (Massachusetts) – the people who know him best – are voting for Obama in 2012. He’s hoping that we’ll believe his economic plan (the same one that caused the recession) is the answer.

Our country was stupid enough to vote George W. Bush into office TWICE. Let’s hope we don’t give Bush a 3rd term by voting Romney.


@ coasterfan:

An easily proven falsehood.

The 2008 editorial did not read: “we should let American auto manufacturers fail”,

Gov. Romney suggested bridge loans not nationalization, the same as was done for Chrysler under the Carter Admin.

And YES, GM and Chrysler did go bankrupt.

Mr. Obama is Mr. Carter's second term - YIKES!

So coasterfan, I ask again: What make of car do you drive?

Should I assume from your continued non-response that it is not from "Detroit"?


I sent this letter to over 20 people/organizations today. Gotta start somewhere and it only takes one person.

Mr. Obama,

I served ten years in the United States Marine Corps both as an enlisted Marine and then as a Marine officer. I served under many credible leaders that I trusted and believed in. Men such as Major General Mastin Robeson, General Jones, CW05 Frank W. Loomis, Captain Jon D. Toronto, and many other fine Marine leaders. One of the characteristics that these Marines had was integrity. Others were loyalty and or faithfulness. I know that Marines require their leaders to be filled with moral integrity and the above moral characteristics. Characteristics that you have lacked since taking your oath on January 1st, 2009 and through the events unfolding the last several weeks in Benghazi, Libya.

Yesterday, my family and I had the extreme pleasure of meeting soon to be President Mitt Romney in Worthington, Ohio. My wife and I were able to shake his hand. As he spoke, I was quickly reminded of the leaders mentioned above. I was inspired to be a better American. I felt that this was a man of his word and a man who would have America’s back when called upon.

Since the news of Libya began leaking out, there have been countless lies by your administration. You and your staff went before news cameras, daytime talk shows, UN delegations, and foreign apologetic commercials saying that this was an unorganized response to an extreme Islamist video on YouTube. Your Vice President personally said that “We did not know” what was going on… we were going off of Intelligence. Today, we have learned that emails confirm that the White House was notified minutes after the attack began. That there was a drone providing real time data. That three requests for back-up were denied. And four men died and at least two could have been saved had we called in the Marines and or other special forces in the area.

Instead, Mr. Obama, you and your staff chose to cover your political tails and mislead the American people. You chose to sacrifice the lives of those who served under you for the melioration of your own self agenda. America deserves better. I was absolutely disgusted and greatly saddened when I heard that lives could have been saved. Had it been your own sons or daughters in that compound – I highly doubt that you would have done nothing. I doubt that your daughters would sit and die alone inside the walls of a compound that they tried so hard to defend for over 5-7 hours. How dare you belittle the lives of these countrymen who represent the valor and esprit that our American women and men so proudly display and that you so easily mock. You quickly gloat about “killing Bin Laden”, yet you hide on the campaign trail about the death of four Americans and the first Ambassador in over 35 years.

I would ask that you apologize to the American people. To the families of the deceased. To the foreign countries and allies that you lied to and misled. But most importantly, to the military that sees your despicable inactions and anti-American views yet still defend your freedom to do such. While I would gladly lay my life down for any of the leaders I mentioned above – I can easily say that I’m glad I never served while you were “Commander-in-Chief”.

As well, Mr. Obama, I am hereby asking Congress to begin impeachment proceedings on behalf of the citizens of the United States on the grounds of TREASON and that you have proven that you are unfit to LEAD this country. Lying is not leading. And we are tired of it. Excuses are not free passes to get Americans killed. And Elections are not a reason to cover up events that might damage your foreign policy views and failures. Your incompetence has weakened a nation!

No response is necessary, as I have already cast my vote for Mitt Romney as well as handfuls of other votes from my family (In Ohio). We will do our part to ensure you are not re-elected and that a TRUE leader leads our great nation and America’s finest military.

Scott E. Gifford
USMC Officer (Former)

Copy to:

White House
House Leader Boehner
President Elect Mitt Romney
Nancy Pelosi
Senator John McCain
Senator Robert Portman, Ohio
Secretary of State Clinton
William G. Batchelder, Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives
Governor John Kasich, Ohio
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta
Commandant of the Marine Corps General James Amos
CNN News
Fox News
10tv, Columbus Ohio
Des Moines Register
New York Times
USA Today
Galion Inquirer
Marion Starr


Huh. It looks like even ABC is starting to wonder about the Benghazi "terrorist attack."

"The Benghazi Drip-Drip-Drip":

Hopefully, Mr. Obama can keep it covered up until Tues.


It seems odd to admit that Obama didn't find out about this attack in Lybia prior to the attack happening (unlike 9/11 for Bush), and the attack was very quick and they used some kind of fire spray or something like that - how long do you think this attack lasted??? Do you believe there may have been time to verify intelligence and then react by sending troops in? Do you think that would have helped anything? Why didn't the military leaders who were already there do something and take action? It isn't likely that they would have had to have permission from Obama to do this. Why were the marines who WERE at the complex not on guard and were shredding papers? Seems a lot of t his is being taken way out of context - AND that Obama really didn't have a lot that he could have done to prevent this or helped very much. How about some responsibility for the military leaders who were actually THERE when it happened??